On Being Vegan And My Natural Hair

Can Being Vegan Damage Your Hair?

This week I will officially be one year vegan! My natural hair has changed a bit over this time and I think for the better. If anyone complains that being vegan damaged their hair it’s because they simply were not taking in enough calories, nutrients, and proteins.

In the beginning phase of my vegan diet, I was so confused about what to eat. Some days I would eat very little because I was so frustrated. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to get a good balance of food in my diet including the protein that most people think does not exist in a vegan diet.
To make a long story short I didn’t experience any hair damage while being vegan. I eat a well balanced diet and also take a multivitamin and B-12 supplement (the only thing that lacks in a vegan diet)

Before we go any further, let’s get to the question I get most. “How do you get your protein?” All of my proteins are plant based and yes plants have protein and in some cases more protein then some meats!

Vegan Protein For Hair Growth

  • Avocados (2.9 grams)
  • Beans (one serving of black beans and rice is 21 grams of protein)
  • Quinoa (one cup uncooked in 24 grams)
  • Nuts ( one cup of sliced almonds have 20 grams of protein)
  • Vegan Protein Shakes (15 grams)
  • Dark Leafy Greens (one cup of cooked spinach has 7 grams of protein)
  • Almond Milk (5 grams)
So, for a women my weight I need around 50 grams of protein a day. I get that, and some (I’m obsessed with beans and rice). So my hair and body has more then enough protein to sustain itself on this vegan diet.

Vegan Diet And Hair Growth

My personal experience with hair growth while on the vegan diet is about the same. I did not experience an increase of hair growth but I did grow my hair about 5-6 inches during this year. That’s a normal rate of hair growth for me.

Vegan Diet and Natural Hair Texture

I’m very conflicted when I think about how the vegan diet has changed my hair. My texture is much softer and moisturized then my pre-vegan hair. There’s a theory that hair changes every 7 years and since I’m 36 now, that change happened about a year ago so I’m not sure whether it’s just my hair cycle or it’s actually the vegan diet.
I was really hoping for more thickness but my hair appears to be the same. I guess diet can not fully alter genetics. I’m still working on my hair and hopefully over time my strands will thicken up a bit with the products that I’m currently using.
So, there you have it, my hair is about the same as it was when I was vegetarian. I may return back to being a vegetarian in the future but for right now I’m really digging the vegan lifestyle.
If you have more questions about this topic, please leave it in a comment below!

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